>> overlooking the red scare the fa said is nearly 250 meters long. a revolutionary construction for its time it was built in 1893 by a russian architect. in the 1930's stalin outlawed commerce and made them living quarters for low ranking officials. just 50 days after his death it was reopened as the ussr's number one department store. >> it reflected all major events in russian history. starting with the technical progress of the late 19th century, world war i, revolution, the great terror of the 1930's. nowadays it hosts 400 boutiques, cafes and the cinema. 15 million people visit every year and building on its eve eventful past the management is confident of increasing that number in the future.